Claras Klangspuren – Clara's Sound Trail
– with Clara Schumann through Leipzig
Clara Schumann was born in the house "Hohe Lilie" ("High Lily") in Leipzig's city centre in 1819. Only a few steps away lies the site of the first Leipzig music hall ("Gewandhaus"), where Clara played her first concert, and a few further steps away we can find Leipzig's St. Nichola's church where Clara was baptized. Another hundred meters further on was the site of the house where she met Robert Schumann and after only a short footpath we stand in front of their first flat. Leipzig and its places are closely connected to the life and oeuvre of the famious pianist and composer Clara Schumann. With every step through Leipzig's city centre we walk on the paths, which Clara took on a daily basis.
Within the app "Claras Klangspuren" the famous musician playfully guides you with her music and the music of her fellow composers on a walk to important sites of her time in Leipzig. To start the walk, you need a smartphone or another similar mobile device and headphones. The first stop is at the corner "Neumarkt" and "Preußergäßchen" where the house "Hohe Lilie" once stood. After you started the app, Clara will tell you about this house, in which she was born, and about the early years of her life. When she is finished, you will be able to hear gentle music. This music will become louder if you walk in the right direction and the closer you get to the next stop, where Clara will welcome you again. If you walk in the wrong direction, the music will decrease in volume until Clara at some point will ask you to turn around. A compass needle on the display of your smartphone helps you to find the right direction.
At each stop Clara will tell you about this place, what makes it special, anecdotes of her life, what she was thinking about, and what her life as a musician was like. While you listen to her, you can catch a glimpse of the past and have a look at the buildings of which Clara is talking, even though they might not exist anymore. Additionally each stop contains a small riddle, for which you have to attentively survey your surroundings or reflect on what you know or heard from Clara.
The app "Claras Klangspuren" is available (in German) since September 14th, 2019 free of charge for iOS and Android within the according app stores. Special thanks goes to Buchfunk Verlag Leipzig for its support of the project.
The project has funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM) within the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. Sharing Heritage
Funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony (Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen). This measure is co-financed by taxpayers money on the basis of the budget which was decided by the members of the Saxon state parliament.